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“One day Dostoevsky threw out the enigmatic remark: "Beauty will save the world". What sort of a statement is that? For a long time I considered it mere words. How could that be possible? When in bloodthirsty history did beauty ever save anyone from anything? Ennobled, uplifted, yes - but whom has it saved?

There is, however, a certain peculiarity in the essence of beauty, a peculiarity in the status of art: namely, the convincingness of a true work of art is completely irrefutable and it forces even an opposing heart to surrender. It is possible to compose an outwardly smooth and elegant political speech, a headstrong article, a social program, or a philosophical system on the basis of both a mistake and a lie. What is hidden, what distorted, will not immediately become obvious.

Then a contradictory speech, article, program, a differently constructed philosophy rallies in opposition - and all just as elegant and smooth, and once again it works. Which is why such things are both trusted and mistrusted.

In vain to reiterate what does not reach the heart.

But a work of art bears within itself its own verification: conceptions which are devised or stretched do not stand being portrayed in images, they all come crashing down, appear sickly and pale, convince no one. But those works of art which have scooped up the truth and presented it to us as a living force - they take hold of us, compel us, and nobody ever, not even in ages to come, will appear to refute them.

So perhaps that ancient trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty is not simply an empty, faded formula as we thought in the days of our self-confident, materialistic youth? If the tops of these three trees converge, as the scholars maintained, but the too blatant, too direct stems of Truth and Goodness are crushed, cut down, not allowed through - then perhaps the fantastic, unpredictable, unexpected stems of Beauty will push through and soar to that very same place, and in so doing will fulfil the work of all three?

In that case Dostoevsky's remark, "Beauty will save the world", was not a careless phrase but a prophecy? After all he was granted to see much, a man of fantastic illumination.

And in that case art, literature might really be able to help the world today?”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

George W. Bush with a Boob Face
Watercolor on Paper
© E.Deutchman 2012

Lyndon Johnson with Boob Ears
Watercolor on Paper

Tourist Benjamin Hughes encounters a cool 3D optical illusion painting at The Gallery at Ice in Windsor, England. The artwork is known as a "reverspective" and the style was originally created by British artist Patrick Hughes (no relation) in the 1960s.

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"The first image refers to pedophilia in the Vatican. Second child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand, and the third refers to the war in Syria. The fourth image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children from poor countries; fifth refers to weapons free in the U.S.. And finally, the sixth image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.
The new series produced by Cuban artist Erik Ravelo was titled as "The untouchables", are photographs of children crucified for his supposed oppressors, each for a different reason and a clear message, seeks to reaffirm the right of children to be protected and report abuse suffered by them especially in countries such as Brazil, Syria, Thailand, United States and Japan".

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A dali-ng of a gift (it works in my accent, damn it) - from the incredibly sweet-hearted, mensa mensh: Strophariad.

Fuck your bull horns.

Fuck your American flag window treatment.

My new favourite design blog.

To really get the full effect: FOLLOW THE HASH TAGS. Hilarious.

Dear god, I want this tattoo. Well the artist, at least. His work is fucking extraordinary.

Moonlit Beauties
Oil on canvas104.8 x 52.7 cm

By my beloved Luis Ricardo Falero

Luis Falero trained in Paris as a portraitist and developed a fascination for painting highly detailed renderings of the female nude. His hyper-realist style often set women in fantastical or mythological settings, which gave Falero the freedom to explore wild scenes of otherwise indecorous subjects. In Moonlit Beauties, ethereal nude maidens gracefully hover in the blackish-blue sky, their gossamer dressings swirling about them and their pale skin bathed in the silvery-blue of the stars shining at their fingertips. In creating this evocative image, Falero was perhaps inspired by the story of the Pleiades. The Pleiades were the seven beautiful daughters born to Atlas and the nymph Pleione. They served as virgin attendants to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. According to one Greek legend, the beauties were being pursued by the amorous hunter Orion. The gods saved them by transforming them into twinkling stars. After his death, Orion too became a constellation, forever chasing the beautiful young maidens across the sky.

The Dragon of Smoke Escaping from Mt Fuji
Hokusai - date unknown


I Have Been Wrong




Artist Jamie D. Boling was asked to remove or cover two of his paintings at a Richmond, Va., art gallery so that presidential candidate Barack Obama wouldn't be embarrassed at a campaign fund-raiser held there.

Obama's people didn't want photos showing the senator standing by this:


Or this:




I find the detailed work on these incredible.

'Damascus' or pattern welded steel - is the process of combining at least two different types of steel to achieve mechanical properties or to achieve a desired aesthetic.

In my Damascus I use three different types of steel all of which harden and temper in the same temperature range. These steels are forge welded together. This means that a sandwich of these different types of steel are assembled at room temperature and tack welded together then they are put into a forge running @ 2350 F, at this temperature the steel becomes "plastic" and "sticky" then the steel is placed into a press where, under high pressure these different steels are fused together.
This process is also called defusing bonding.

"Psyche" -John Brophy
Oil on canvas

Damien Hirst's iconic piece The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living (1991), which consists of a shark suspended in a tank of greenish formaldehyde, is rotten. Well, not exactly, quote: "The animal suspended in formaldehyde has deteriorated dramatically to the naked eye since it was first unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 because of the way it was preserved by the artist. The solution which surrounds it is murky, the skin of the animal is showing considerable signs of wear and tear, and the shark itself has changed shape." So essentially the shark is rotting. Perfect irony considering the title of the piece don't you think? The piece sold in late 2004 for 6.5m, one of the highest prices ever paid for a work by "someone living." Hirst is evidently in talks with the buyer to replace the shark. The dealer Larry Gagosian said: "The shark is a conceptual piece and to substitute a shark of equal size and appearance, in my opinion, does not alter the piece."

Quote, “John Currin’s new show draws a sharp distinction between sex and sexiness. There is more explicit erotic action on view than in any images hitherto by this avid courter of controversy, and there is sexy paintwork to boot. But, instructively, you don’t find both in the same places… A controlled, super-knowing nastiness used to typify Mr. Currin’s bodies — women with sagging, almost tumorinflicted posteriors, absurd basketball busts, and protruding, bony hip joints — and still comes across [in some pictures]. But there is a different dynamic between Mr. Currin and chinaware. If anything, the elusive, recalcitrant objects inflict a certain cruelty on the artist trying to fix them to the canvas while getting across their homey American rococo.”
From an interesting piece by David Cohen at Art Critical.
"The Man With the Green Moustache"

Nothing some antibiotics wouldn't fix.

I tend to lean away from digital art somewhat, but this person is extremely talented.

Sinuous Path

Nikau Palms

Both paintings by amazing, iconic New Zealand artist Diana Adams. Her work transports me home every time.

Here's a sneaky preview of the front cover of the forthcoming Roots Manuva album, Slime and Reason, due for release in September.
I studied Durer for years.....I love this man.


"Untitled (mirror)" - by Ian Francis
Graphite and ink on paper

"Sound Suit" (flowers) - by Nick Cave 2006
Mixed Media

"Aposematism" - 2006
Transparent watercolor on illustration board

"Adrift" by Eric Zener - 2007
Oil on Canvas

Fantastic, vintage movie poster cache.

One of the best sites I've come across in some time.

Look, McTaffy, look!!
Beautiful japanese block prints
I've always been a huge fan of Hockney - this doesn't have his more famous water paintings, but I really love his line drawings here.